Recently, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress has been one of the main talks of Washington, the media and many Americans. His speech is no less controversial in many arenas.
Though I will not attempt to mention my position of agreement or disagreement to his speech, yet I do want to point out one very important point he mentioned that will affect and apply to every one of us.
Mr. Netanyahu said: “We're an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we'll read the Book of Esther. We'll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies.”
Right and Wrong
In the face of opposition, one factor often stands between the forces in the midst of a battle - understanding the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.
Often times we find ourselves fighting different battles in our own personal and private lives that most people will never know. There comes a time when we will experience a “bullying” (much like the persecution many Christians are experiencing in the Middle East and here in America). A lesser attack is that of criticism, condemnation and the like.
We experience these at school, work, on the highways, the business world and even in some churches. Wherever you find differences of opinions, you’ll find opposition. I’m not saying that differences of opinions are bad. Sometimes they’re good and could be healthy.
The reality of a reality
But often times, differences of opinions are not just based on a different way of looking at things. The reality is that much of our opinions are just that – opinions - based on partial knowledge, not on truth.
Truth is truth. You cannot change truth. Truth is the reality of a thing; the reality of a reality.
Therefore, opinions are bound to change. Even my own opinions about certain things have changed over the years. The more knowledge I gain, the more my opinions have changed. The sad thing is, in the process of time, because of some of my opinions, conclusions were drawn and I managed to ignorantly hurt people along the way.
Before you throw a stone at me, let me remind you, that we all do it – we’ve all done it. From our childhood all the way up to our senior years.
So what do we do? We find the truth of the matter and stand on it. It is important to form your opinion/conclusion based on truth. Without truth you can’t fight a battle successfully.
Esther could’ve had an opinion about Haman, but thanks to her cousin Mordecai (some say he was her uncle), who worked as a scribe in the King’s court, knew exactly what was happening. He was the voice that was going to deliver the real truth. He was certain that his cousin Esther was called for such a time as to be the one to deliver God’s people from the destroyer, Haman.
The plot was foiled
The stage was set and in her God-given wisdom she managed to intervene for the people of Israel, wisely yet boldly, and in Netanyahu’s words: “The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.”
If you want to win your battles, you must understand that there is always a truth that will prevail.
With Satan working overtime on his strategic attacks against you, you must know the truth of the reality of your life, your calling, your character and the Word of God, stand on it and form your opinion then. The devil knows he’s done! His plot has been foiled and we, God’s people are saved and, we win.
So keep your head up high in the midst of your battle and see the hand of the Lord preserve you and defend you.
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About the Author
Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life